Clashes, Curfew in Indian-administered Kashmir

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Internet facility on all mobile phones remained suspended for a third day on Monday. Major roads in towns leading to Tral were sealed with coils of concertina.

Kashmir Valley has been on the edge since Saturday when Hizbul commander, Sabzar Bhat was killed in a gunfight with the government forces in Saimoh village of Pulwama district along with his associate, Faizan Ahmad.

In Srinagar, restrictions were imposed in seven police station areas - Khanyar, Nowhatta, Safakadal, M R Gunj, Rainawari, Kralkhud and Maisuma - as a precautionary measure.

Curfew was clamped in the Kashmir Valley on Sunday to prevent any form of violence as Hizbul Mujahideen commander Sabzar Ahmad Bhat was laid to rest in his village in south Kashmir's Tral.

Meanwhile, clashes erupted in Trehgam village in northern part of Kashmir's Kupwara district on Monday afternoon, reports reaching here said.

Defying terrorists' threats and Hurriyat's bandh call, almost 1,300 Kashmiri youths appeared in the Army's common entrance exam on Sunday in the Valley, which has been hit by fresh protests following the killing of Hizbul militant Sabzar Bhat.

He also said that the restrictions in Srinagar and other sensitive areas will remain in force as precautionary measures.

"It's a clear rejection (by youth) of regressive bandh calls (by separatists) for choosing a brighter future", the spokesman said.

Kashmir University spokesperson said the varsity has chose to postpone examinations scheduled for tomorrow.

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The university also suspended the class work for today in view of the prevailing situation.

He said 16 of the 815 candidates, who had passed the physical and medicals tests held earlier, did not turn up for the written exam.

Islamic University of Science and Technology (IUST), Awantipora, on Sunday also postponed the examination scheduled for Monday.

On a day when different parts of the Kashmir valley witnessed shut down and sporadic incidents of stone pelting triggered by ding dong battlers on the streets of Kashmir, more than 1200 youth patiently appeared for their written examination for the post of Junior Commissioned Officers and other ranks.

A spokesman for the university said fresh dates for the deferred examinations shall be notified later.

He said the district administration has also setup helpline services with 9596777669, 9419047052 and 9419367252 for the convenience of the people.

Syed Abid Rashid, District Magistrate, Anantnag also imposed restrictions in Anantnag town to maintain calm. A group of miscreants pelted stones on 182 CRPF Camp at Tahab. Police and security forces used "maximum restraint" while dealing with the situation at these places and stone pelters were dispersed, he said.

Similarly, curfew-like restrictions will continue in the south Kashmir districts of Shopian, Pulwama, Kulgam and Anantnag on Tuesday, authorities said.

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